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Doctor insights on: Carbamazepine Safe Women Pregnant

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Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No, it is not safe: Carbamazepine is considered a category d in pregnancy, it may be teratogenic or leads to developmental delay in the baby. It is advised to be relapced with an other seizure medications during pregnancy. During nursing babies it should be avoided as it may affects the blood counts in the baby. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?

Epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?

MFM: Little is known about the long term or pregnancy-related effects of most anticonvulsants, especially for the newer ones (e.g. Keppra) which do seem to be safer as compared to older ones, but not always as effective. Tegretol is a class d, meaning potential for harm to the fetus. This can be minimized by folic acid. Prenatal neurology consultation is advised. More than 90% chance baby will be ok. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Yes, many: Many pregnant pregnants women have taken tegretol and done well. We worried about a few of them may have some birth defects. It is a low risk, but it probably there. ...Read more

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Why can't i take pregnancy pills while taking tegretol?

You can: You can still take them, they just may not be as effective. The problem is that tegretol (carbamazepine) causes the hormones in birth control pills to be broken down by the body faster than normal, so you have lower levels of hormones in your blood to prevent pregnancy. If you do take bcps, you would probably need ones with higher amounts of hormones in them. Check with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten my cycle in 48 days. I'm not pregnant. I just stopped taking tegretol for almost two weeks. Will I get it soon?

I haven't gotten my cycle in 48 days. I'm not pregnant. I just stopped taking tegretol for almost two weeks. Will I get it soon?

Hard to say: You haven't mentioned if you are on other medications like birth control pills. But many things can cause menstrual irregularity and it's possible that stopping the tegretol through off your cycle. As long as you are not pregnant, be patient. However, we don't like women to go more than 3 months without a period so if it doesn't come within that time, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I want to get pregnant but I am on Tegretol for epilepsy. I have been taking it for 2 y and want to get off. How do I wean off?

I want to get pregnant but I am on Tegretol for epilepsy. I have been taking it for 2 y and want to get off. How do I wean off?

See your doctor: It's excellent that you understand the potential of pregnancy complications with medications. Seizures can also be problematic in patients who are pregnant as well, so it would be best to seek advice for an appropriate MD who can help with transitioning you during this time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

He's wrong: Epilepsy isn't always a cut-and-dried diagnosis. If your partner really did have epilepsy, he wasn't cured in church. He grew out of his epilepsy. It happens all the time with primary generalized epilepsy; rarely if ever with partial epilepsy. ...Read more

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I take tegretol. I'm not pregnant and don't take birth control. I have been spotting brown blood and have cramps. Is this a cycle?

I take tegretol. I'm not pregnant and don't take birth control. I have been spotting brown blood and have cramps. Is this a cycle?

Maybe.: Any one with abnormal bleeding in the childbearing age should have a blood pregnancy test to rule out a normal or tubal pregnancy. , even if pain and bleeding stop. See your obgyn for evaluation. ...Read more

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I take tegretol. I have been spotting brown blood and have stomach cramps. I'm not pregnant. Could this be my cycle?

Tegretol and BCP: Tegretol may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is possible to have breakthrough bleeding if taking the two together. See your doctor if your periods are irregular or if you are bleeding between periods. ...Read more

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Is tegretol good for trilgemial neurgia ? Is it a safe drug ?

Not my first choice: Tegretol does control the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, but so do other meds, and i would try Lyrica (pregabalin) first, as it has few if any drug-drug interactions, and is, in my experience extremely effective. Tegretol is an older drug with many potential side effects, including liver and bone marrow issues, low sodium, gastrointestinal problems, and elevation of cholesterol. Do not understand why choice. ...Read more

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If you were to be only on either tegretol or lamictal for life and either would treat your problem...Which is safer for the long haul?

If you were to be only on either tegretol or lamictal for life and either would treat your problem...Which is safer for the long haul?

long: Tegretol has been around longer, so we know a bit more about the really long term effects. But in head-to-head studies it has more cognitive side effects. If it were my spouse or myself, i'd got worth lamotrigine. There's no "right answer, " of course. ...Read more

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Is tegretol a safe medication?

An old drug: Tegretol has been on the market for many years. It was one of the first antiseizure medications and is still prescribed pretty frequently. It is not without a slight risk for problems, however. Your doctor checks blood counts looking for signs of anemia or bone marrow problems, liver function tests to make sure the liver isn't affected, and a tegretol level to see how much is in your system. ...Read more

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How safe is Tegretol?

How safe is Tegretol?

Tegretol: Common are nausea, headache, rash, ataxia, anemia, effect on liver. Safe if monitor blood levels & other metabolic parameters. ...Read more

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Is tegretol a safe medication for a heart patient.... I have 2 stents.

Is tegretol a safe medication for a heart patient.... I have 2 stents.

Depends: Tergretol could have adverse cardiac effects like hypotension, worsen chf, may cause steven johson and can cause hyponatremia. Please discuss with heart doctor and the prescriber all your medical conditions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine with tegretol?

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Is it safe to take keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine with tegretol?

Keppra (levetiracetam): Keppra (levetiracetam) is form of tegretol, and mixing tegretol with Lamictal can alter levels of both. ...Read more

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What is a safer combination latuda (lurasidone) with tegretol or latuda (lurasidone) with lamictal (racing thoughts)?

What is a safer combination latuda (lurasidone) with tegretol or latuda (lurasidone) with lamictal (racing thoughts)?

Hard to say for sure: One has to see what works best for them; that is the only way to really know. Except for the rare possibility of serious rash, i think Lamictal is safer than tegretol. I would prefer the combination of Lamictal and latuda, (lurasidone) but one must try one med first, see how it works for them, and then add the next one if another drug seems necessary. Talk with your doctor and don't obsess about it! ...Read more

Dr. Mohamad Mikati
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Carbamazepine (Definition)

This drug was once the breakthrough product to treat trigeminal neuralgia, and later various forms of epilepsy, and even psychiatric uses ...Read more